Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having total knowledge; knowing everything: an omniscient deity; the omniscient narrator.
  • n. One having total knowledge.
  • n. God. Used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having total knowledge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having universal knowledge; knowing all things; infinitely knowing or wise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • All-knowing; possessing knowledge of all things; having infinite or universal knowledge: as, God only is omniscient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. infinitely wise

Etymologies

Medieval Latin omnisciēns, omniscient- : Latin omni-, omni- + Latin sciēns, scient-, present participle of scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin omnisciens ("all-knowing"), from Latin omnis ("all") + sciens ("knowing"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rob, I would never write anything in omniscient POV.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Finding your inner voice

  • Her unironic use of the n-word (in omniscient narration, not spoken by a character) in the opening pages of The Violent Bear It Away should make anyone this side of Strom Thurmond squirm, something she seems to have realized, since it was edited out of later editions.

    Signature Elements

  • Point of view issues: the first-person omniscient is extremely difficult to carry off without making me run away, far away, very quickly.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • It's Holmes from his own point of view (the book is in omniscient, but it stays tightly tied to his point of view most of the time, and some passages are told as if from his own pen) and it's actually done well, something I'm not sure I've ever seen before.

    "I cannot say with any degree of certainty. I really cannot say."

  • I suppose third omniscient is easier when you’re writing something with so large a scope.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Which Person Comes First?

  • So-called omniscient narration, he argues, is "almost impossible": narrative about a character tends to "take on his or her way of thinking and speaking."

    Required Reading

  • When used in narrative, it often indicates a POV shift from close third to omniscient, that is when 'they' includes the POV character.

    and onwards

  • Janes chooses to write from what may be called the omniscient viewpoint.

    Archive 2004-11-01

  • Thus Mr. Wilder begins his new novel, speaking in the voice of Truth, or History, sometimes called the omniscient author.

    What's Your Inner Reality?

  • So Eugene Wigner who helped to build the Atomic Bomb, one of the founders of the quantum theory, in his autobiography said this is the proof of the existence of some kind of omniscient being i.e. God.

    Deepak Chopra: Michio Kaku Interview By Deepak Chopra

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